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“Take heed, ere summer comes:” Teaching Romeo and Juliet Intensive

Guest post by Michael Klein It didn’t take me long to rethink how to look at Shakespeare texts after listening to Dr. Ann Cook Calhoun compare them to a musical score. “Reading texts sitting at a desk is like looking at musical notations without hearing the instruments” she said during the English-Speaking Union’s Shakespeare Teacher… Continue Reading »


How performance transforms reading comprehension in the AP classroom

[getty src=”143071352?et=ir8MsLaI6kWKHSfEI_noLQ&sig=oFqfLRD-Tn2jHrHUBD_7qQh4hcIqFnvIjEPwcIUxEJI=” width=”507″ height=”407″] Guest post by Deborah Gascon – Dutch Fork High School, Irmo, SC Performance in AP?  Didn’t think you had time with all the other pressures? Make time. Using Folger strategies in my AP classes has transformed student comprehension of difficult texts and improved their abilities to read closely–and has actually SAVED me time…. Continue Reading »


Featured Lesson Plan: The Bullies and the Bullied in Shakespeare's Plays

Today we’re featuring a lesson plan from among the highest rated teaching modules on our website. It’s written by Kevin J. Costa, a 2010 Teaching Shakespeare Institute alum and an English teacher at McDonogh School in Owings Mills, MD, where he also serves as Director of Fine & Performing Arts. Read Costa’s introduction to this… Continue Reading »


How to create your own Shakespeare festival

Last week we wrapped up our annual Secondary School Shakespeare Festival. Students from close to 50 local schools performed 25-minute scenes from Shakespeare plays onstage at the Folger in front of their peers. (You can see some photos and tweets at #FolgerFest. A lot of fun had by all!) Now we’re getting ready for our Children’s… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare and Young Adult Fiction

Novels can help engage students not only with Shakespeare’s language (as we discussed in Tuesday’s blog post about That Shakespeare Kid) but also with his characters and stories. With spring break coming up, maybe your students will be interested in a little light reading that also keeps them thinking about the Bard. Drawing on some suggestions that… Continue Reading »


That Shakespeare Kid: "Bethumped with words"

We have teachers ask us all the time how to introduce Shakespeare’s language in a way that’s engaging to students. One possible approach: young adult novels that weave the Bard’s words along with the kind of dialogue familiar to students. “That Shakespeare Kid,” by Folger Education’s senior consultant Michael LoMonico, presents just this combination. Fourteen-year-old Emma narrates… Continue Reading »


Resources for the Shakespeare plays YOU are teaching

Last week, we took a reader poll to ask which Shakespeare plays were being taught this semester. Top of the list (as of this writing): Romeo and Juliet, with more than 25 percent of the vote. Macbeth took second place with 22 percent, and Hamlet third with 10 percent. Our write-in option was also quite… Continue Reading »



#FolgerOfficeHours and The Winter's Tale

Last Thursday the Folger Education department took to Twitter for our second “office hours” session to talk with teachers about how they’re teaching Shakespeare. We love having an informal time to interact with you, answer your questions, and find out what your students are working on. Here’s a great question we received from James Evans: @FolgerED Creating resources for Winter's Tale…. Continue Reading »